BALCARRES, SASK. — Peepeekisis Cree Nation and Steel River Group Ltd. have announced approval of a project for nine new homes built on reserve to address a housing shortage in the Peepeekisis community.
The homes will be allocated in a manner that prioritizes the most vulnerable members of the nation, a joint release from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation and Steel River Group Ltd. stated, with one house specifically reserved for Elders and the remaining eight for families.
“Like many Indigenous peoples, Peepeekisis Cree Nation has faced historical barriers in supplying affordable housing to our members. While these nine homes are but a fraction of our true needs, they will be transformative for some of our most vulnerable,” Peepeekisis Cree Nation Chief Francis Dieter said in a statement.
The project is part of phase three of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Rapid Housing Initiative. The object of the CMHC initiative is to create permanent affordable housing for people and populations who are vulnerable and targeted under the National Housing Strategy.
Steel River Group, which is an Indigenous-owned diversified management and development entity, helped to navigate the grant process and secured CMHC investment.
“It has been Steel River Group’s privilege to support Peepeekisis Cree Nation with bringing this important project to life. A safe home is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, this is something many Indigenous peoples do not have access to. These houses will make an immediate positive impact, and we look forward to continuing to support the nation as the project comes to fruition,” added Steel River Group CEO Trent Fequet.
General contractors and carpentry journeypersons from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation have been contracted for the project and construction is set to begin in the coming months, the release said.